Our Board of Directors
John Gillespie - President, Director; 1988 to present
President, Instructor, Counselor- Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries, Inc. LCU Masters in Theology, Certified Recovery Support Specialist, Ordained Minister, Hardee County Ministerial Association, Hardee County Homeless Coalition, Highlands County Coalition for Homeless, Grace Fellowship & Riverview Heights Baptist Church
Dr. Nicholas Timmerman - OD; Vice President, Chairman of the Board; 1988 to present
Doctor of Optometry, Sevigny Eye Care, Former Hardee County Commissioner for 12 years,
Hardee County Housing Authority, Hardee County Homeless Coalition, Lion's Club member, Central
Florida Optometric Society, and American Optometric Society member.
Lorraine Gillespie - Executive Director; 1988 to present
Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries, Inc.; LCU Bachelors in Theology, Certified Recover Support Specialist, Hardee County Ministerial Association, Hardee County Coalition for the Homeless, Highlands County Coalition for the Homeless, Wauchula Women's Club and Grace Fellowship
Karen Tibbs - Assistant Executive Director-2015
Prior owner of Forms Design a printing company in Sarasota Fl. Presently, Karen is an independant sales contractor of printing, Visa Debit Paycards, payroll services, and employee leasing.
Karen is very active in drama, youth, and teaching at Sarasota Christian Church.
Dr. Sylvia Collins - Director-2005 to present
BA, MA, Ed D, Certified Behavioral Analyst, Florida Professional Education Certification , USF Polytechnic Supervisors of Interns and Adjunct Instructor, Administrative Superintendent ESOL Early Childhood K-12, First Baptist Church, City of Wauchula Historical Society, Tri-County Human Resources, Heartland Chorale, Hardee County Homeless Coalition, USF Polytechnic Supervisor of Interns and Adjunct Instructor
Heidi Nordstrom - Secretary to the Board -2015 to present
H.S. Graduate, Worked for Disney as a customer service rep, school bus driver for several years with District 205 in Illinois. A/P/ & A/R for various employers. Currently employed by AOFM, Inc. and attending Grace Fellowship Church in Wauchula, FL.
Mary "Shirley" Tucker - Director-1995 to present
Bowling Green Mayor, Management team member at Seller's Market,
Ordained Minister, Counselor, Domestic Violence Counselor for AOFM, and a member of Chestergrove Missionary Baptist Church
Esther Alvarado - Director-1996 to present
Esther is currently a case Manager at AOFM, Inc, Certified Duluth Model Counselor; BA in Theology, Ordained Minister, Spanish Interpreter, Anger Management Counselor, Parenting Class Teacher, Women's Club member, Department of Children & Families affiliate, and is a member at Faith Temple Church of God.
Joyce Cook - Teacher & Counselor - 1998 to present
Joyce is currently active in teaching, counseling and P.R. work for AOFM and Hannah's House. Joyce is a creative article writer for the Herald Advocate Newspaper. Joyce writes commercial voice-overs, and has covered live broadcasts for Heartland Broadcasting since 2014. Joyce was previously employed as a case worker for the Children's Home Society of Lakeland Fl. specializing in domestic violence services.
Doug Knight-2018 Director
Rapid Systems Project manager, Hardee County Project Manager, Interim Planning Director, Hardee County Planner/Mining Coordinator-experienced in working with FEMA, Insurance Companies, Adjusters, has had experience with job coaching, work experience development and documentation for state of Florida and Hardee County Schools, Director of Vocational Opportunities for FINR as well as Case Management, Team Coordinator and Treatment Specialist for FINR, a head injury facility